Archives for March 2012

2 More Mashups

I can’t stop. I’ve got two more to share and then I’ll post more food stuff soon…

Jay-Z vs Lady Gaga

Beastie Boys vs Britney Spears


Frozen Seafood Mix

I’ve never seen anything like this before. You just thaw it and eat? …In your grocer’s freezer.

Tio Wally Eats America: Interstate 83 Diner

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in York, Pennsylvania.

Greetings from York, Pennsylvania
N 40° 04.743’ W 076° 46.012’ Elev. 407 ft.

I have no use for Pennsylvania. While it might conceivably be considered beautiful in a small vehicle, in a heavily laden land yacht it’s the very definition of “A Bitch!” Too many hills, too little parking, generally a royal pain in the ass. Nothing is easy in a land yacht in Pennsylvania.

I used to loathe Texas … until I came to Pennsylvania. I now consider Texas a veritable paradise. But while the food in Pennsylvania can be good occasionally, and the people are mostly friendly, it doesn’t make up for the many inconveniences someone — Me! — suffers here. And the radio reception sucks, too.

Nevertheless, I found the Interstate 83 Diner and Coffee Shop through pure providence, if you consider a roadside billboard a sign of pure providence. It had an icon of a truck on it, which can be a good omen if you’re sailing in Pennsyl-freakin’-vania. The truck icon screamed at the SS Me Hungry crew: “It’s land-yacht friendly! Stop! Food! Stop!”

It turned out it was true. The I-83 Diner has enough room for about 30 or so yachts. But to park there you have to spend at least $10 in the restaurant, then they give you a parking permit to hang in your window (tape-provided) that’s good for ten hours. They claim to be hard-assed about the parking: You’ll be towed! I’m guessing it’s mostly bluster, but you never know and those big wreckers cost big bucks.

I’ve been here twice. My first visit was a bit more straight-ahead than this one. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

On my most recent stop one of the specials was Pork & Sauerkraut with Mashed Potatoes for $8.59. Hmm, I thought, that’s something I’ve never seen. So I ordered it. I guessed it would be something like a pork steak and sauerkraut fixed lord-knows-how. My waiter said it was good and that “it comes out real quick.” (I presumed he was talking about speed of the order coming out of the kitchen and not something, ahem, a bit more unpleasant.)

While I was waiting for the Pork & Sauerkraut to “come out real quick” I had a bowl of Bean & Ham soup. While it seemed a little pricey ($3.59/bowl) I couldn’t resist. It was really, really, really good. Obviously homemade, the soup wasn’t overcooked to the point where the beans deteriorated. Indeed, the broth was still thin. While I wish it would’ve had a few more white beans in it, it had a lot of nice chunks of ham, a zillion carrots and a great tasting broth.

Then the Pork and Sauerkraut came. The mashed potatoes and gravy were great. But this Pork and Sauerkraut thing was a little beyond me even though I like both pork and sauerkraut.

The quality of the sauerkraut was exemplary. Not limp or overly briny like commercial sauerkraut. But … WTF is this supposed to be? It’s a mound of perfectly good sauerkraut with bits of boiled(?), tasteless pork!

I mean, c’mon. The sauerkraut belongs on a Polish dog, preferably with spicy mustard. The pork is begging to be in some creamed concoction to be generously ladled over a mountainous scoop of mashed potatoes that’s been gingerly situated in the center of a slice of white Wonder®/Bimbo® bread. You know, something Minnesotans would find “just too darn spicy, don’cha know.”

Needless to say the Pork and Sauerkraut was not a combination that worked for me at all. And though I suspected I’d be out the money for this culinary disaster, I figured: “Screw it! I’m in Pennsyl-freakin’-vania and I’m hungry!” So I had the waiter take it away. I then ordered the Stuffed Cabbage, which I’d had on my first visit.

The Stuffed Cabbage ($9.99) here is quite good. The stuffing is a little different from what I’m used to; it has no rice in it. It’s just spiced ground beef (I think), with bits of onion and bell pepper. The sauce, however, is the star. It’s kind of a cross between a tomato-cream sauce and a classic Kosher cabbage-roll sauce, with the raisin-y sweetness of a Kosher-style sauce. It’s homey, soothing, and delicious.

I had a serious bitch, though: The Stuffed Cabbage, as well as all of the other items on the inserted “white” menu (see pic), comes with two sides. This time I got a green salad (meh) and beets.

The last time I was here the beets were served warm. In fact, they were round little miniature* (smaller-than-golf-ball-sized) pickled beets. And they were served warm, which made them awesome. This time they seemed to be straight out of a can, with very little spicing and were served cold! Waaaaaaaah!!!

(*Speaking of miniatures: Baby carrots. I love ‘em! Why? Because they are not “Baby” carrots. Break one in half and look at its cross-section. Then take a regular, full-grown carrot, break it in half and look at its cross-section. You will see little difference. So-called Baby Carrots are merely mature carrots that have been lovingly machine-chopped to uniform lengths and mechanically sculpted; lathed, if you will. If you’ve ever had the “pleasure” of eating a baby carrot, you were probably disappointed. They have no taste. Indeed, it’s like eating an immature, flavorless vegetable. Imagine that!

By the way, I’m convinced, without any proof whatsoever — absolutely no research was done — that Baby Carrots are the brainchild of Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, California, which is possibly the largest processor of carrots on the planet.)

Still, the Cabbage Rolls were really good. And I wasn’t charged for the train-wreck of Pork and Sauerkraut.

And so we roll.

Interstate 83 Diner and Coffee Shop (I-83 Exit 28), 5220 Susquehanna Road, York, Pennsylvania

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

The Best Things I Ate in 2011

Dang. I know it’s already March 2012. But here’s what I really liked in 2011.

Barzola’s Seafood Soup: Amazing creamy broth and I like the Ecuadorian Disco Diner look.

Stir It Up’s Jerk Chicken: This and their homemade Ginger Beer were very yummy.

Rock Shop: Some of the best food at a rock club venue in NYC. Burgers, Fries and Wings. Performing bands get 50% off!

Brooklyn Taco Company: I was skeptical of the hipster tacos and that their name had “Brooklyn” in it …but it was really really good. I feel like I opened up my mind in 2011.

Kiflu’s African Food Truck: I wish this Financial District truck was in my work area.

Tappo Thin Crust Pizza: Good lunch special deal. Also good Happy Hour specials (although that’s usually before I get out of work).

Matouk’s Calypso Sauce: “Caribbean thick hot sauce. Sweet and super spicy.”

The Islands’ Jerk Chicken: I love Jerk!

Rafiqi’s Halal Street Cart (on 6th Ave & 20th St): This makes the list, because I ate so much of it in 2011. This particular Rafiq’s taste better than most other Rafiqi’s carts I’ve tried. However, lately it’s been more hit or miss. I do like the Philly Cheese Beef platter. Get your food with the Green Sauce!

De Hot Pot’s Doubles: Curried chickpeas between roti bread “…whatever sauces the guy put on it was amazing. A small little packet full of flavor.”

Lodge General Store’s Couchsachraga Sandwich: It doesn’t look like anything special, but it was quite a perfectly crafted sandwich. “I brought it back to my friends and offered them some, but secretly I wanted it all to myself.”

Corner Star Corner’s True Grit: I made the sandwich poster for them. I was surprisingly impressed how good it was. I think they were too. I mean the sandwich. But I guess the poster too.

Tangra Masala Indian-Style Chinese: Good choice for a Ramen and Friends dinner. “Tangra Masala was filling and made me sweat.”

SCRATCHbread sandwich: “Crunchy bits of roast pork and skin. Greasy as hell, but I think that was the bread that was making my fingers oily.”

Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans: The biggest can of baked beans I’ve ever seen. It was cool to chill with some bros and thrown this on top of a fire.  …Later, I did find a 7-pound can and threw it on a fire!

Wall Street Bath & Spa88’s Pelmeni dumplings: These are delicious if you’re drunk and happen to walk into a downtown Russian spa.

Jimmy’s Diner’s Fried Chicken & Waffles: All you gotta do is look at this photo.

Lokal’s Pan Roasted Cod with Mashed Potatoes: “Oh My Cod!” –Janet

The Brooklyn Star’s Fried Pork Chop“Huge. I didn’t know a pork chop could be so big.”

Jamaican Dutchy’s Cow Foot Stew: “…mostly gelatinous gloopy gloppy tendon and skin …It was good.”

Shonali’s Parents made us Indian food (Nashville): Home-cooking …made from a real home!

Eats (Atlanta): I went here because the cute girl at the hotel front desk suggested it.

Cafe Soul’s $1.99 Pork Chop Sandwich (Skippers, VA): “It was bigger than my face.”

Mulholland’s Late Night Sandwich: “Dang this was tasty mess of a sandwich.”

St. Anselm’s Lamb Saddle: “Having a bite on the fatty end was some of the best meat I’ve ever put in my mouth.”

Oyster Roast at the Food Film Festival: This was amazing. Some of the best oysters I’ve ever had. The Food Film Festivals is actually calling for entries this year. Check it out if you got something cool to show.

Sik Gaek Korean Restaurant: I need to go back for the live octopus and moving lobster cut in half.

The Shamrock Club’s Italian Beef Sandwich (Chicago): I assume there’s better places to get an Italian Beef Sandwich, but this was the best thing I ate in Chicago.

After looking over the past year, there was a ton of awesome stuff that didn’t make this huge ass list. I see I did have a lot of fun. Sometimes I forget. I’m very grateful to have shared it with you guys.

I asked Tio Wally and David Dondero about their favorite meal they wrote about on Me So Hungry. I’m very grateful to have them on-board.

David Dondero: “The Steak and Eggs at the Dixie Grill in Wilmington. They get the top prize for best breakfast i’ve had. I thought they were tied with the Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska but the Roadhouse blew it by not serving their famous sour dough pancakes on weekdays. It’s pancake batter.. you gotta make that shit everyday if it’s the best thing you got. They don’t so i give my best to the Dixie Grill. They make the steak and eggs every day. No questions.”

Tio Wally: “It would have to be Nona Mia in Asheville, North Carolina because the food is just so damn awesome. Moreover, it’s a really comfortable place to eat … or just be. Great food, great service, great, great place.”

Busta Rhymes vs Islands in the Stream

This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever put together I think. Okay, it’s not food related, but I got a sweet food post tomorrow.

I’m trying to think what name I should go under for these mashups. DJ Mash Potatoes? Or DjHam, which I use for all my porn accounts.

Diner Train

Here’s a cool pic Tio Wally sent me…

“Bellville, Ohio. (One of my “trick” parking spots.) Out the window is this place that’s never open. Bummer.” –Tio Wally.


Mom’s Kitchen Too – Oxtail Stew!

A new Dominican spot opened up where Good Feathers used to be and next to the corner where they busted the drug ring caught on Google Street View. Unfortunately, they painted over the awesome cartoon chicken mural. But inside, it looks so much nicer than before.

There was good looking Dominican food in steam trays up front for you to see. Rotisserie and Fried Chicken off to the side. The guy also said there’s a lot of food they can make in the kitchen too.

I got the Oxtail Stew lunch special $7. It was a nice heavy platter with rice and beans. I added sweet plantains for $1 extra.

The Oxtail was tender and seasoned well. I didn’t need to add hot sauce for flavor. Actually when I did that, it made it worse. Good as is.

The plantains were moist and sweet. A lot of times, they come dry at other places, so I tend not to order them. But these were perfect.

I can’t wait to go here again. I want to try the Roast Pork next. Also the Rotisserie Chicken (Polla a la Brasa) is a pretty good deal. On the menu: $2 for 1/4, $3.50 for 1/2 and $7 for a whole. Fried Chicken $1 for a drumstick and $1.50 for a thigh.

Mom’s Kitchen Too (or Mama’s Kitchen Too or La Cocina De Mama Too) – 251 Jackson St. Brooklyn, NY

My Mashups: Mixed in Key

I wish this was a post on mashed potatoes or something food related. But just wanted to share these Mashups I just made, before they get taken down on Youtube and I get sued. I love mashed potatoes!

Dr. Dre vs Usher vs Beyonce vs Michael Jackson

T.I. vs Vanilla Ice vs Eminem

Kanye West vs Destiny’s Child vs Whitney Houston

I used Mixed in Key’s new Mashup software. It’s impressive how well it worked and how quick too. There are points where things need a little adjusting for timing and phrasing. Also there’s a lot of room for improvement in the software that I’m sure they’ll tackle in future updates. Looping, trimming and extending clips, Track Mute and Panning, and VST support would be awesome and make it much more complete. All in all, a really cool and pretty affordable application ($39).